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Prophets of White Dwarf?
« on: June 15, 2019, 12:29:39 PM »
The following is from the early 1981 issue of White Dwarf (#23).

Climbing out from underastack
of rulebooks, charts, tables,
scenarios, play-aids, dice and
figures led me to ponder the role
playing games of the future. How
long before role-playing game scenarios
are fed into home computers
with a visual display capable of
holographic effects?

Imagine, each of the players with a
hand controller watching their characters
walking down a dark corridor.
Around a bend and a party of vicious
goblins in glorious 3-D colour appear
on the screen. There would be no
arguments about who is standing
where or choice of opponent as the
computer urges its goblins with axes
swinging at the heads of your characters.
Players would be screaming
at each other, with sweat dripping
off their worried foreheads as fingers
dart over the hand controllers to
save their characters' lives.

We have the games, we will soon
have the technology, let's hope we
are around to have the chance. (White Dwarf #23, Feb/Mar 1981)

...sound familiar? Ok we dont' have 3D yet, but...?

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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 11:21:16 PM »
I think it is only a matter of time. VR has started, and is already quite impressive with some of the shooter games I have seen. I don't think it will be a whole lot longer before it is at a state like this.

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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2019, 08:07:17 AM »
...I wonder what it'll do to the OSR? Gary always thought tabletop will remain (like stage theater), though never as big as it was in the 1980s. I think his comparison was:

Tabletop RPGS = Theater
Computer RPGs = Movies
MMO's = Telivision


So, will this dynamic change? Or will we see the computer OSR? ;)

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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 10:42:13 AM »
I think the OSR will keep steady. I feel like I still continue to see it grow. I also feel like TTRPGs will stick around.

I am trying to think of the computer OSR. Will we have like VR with DM rulings over rules? How would that work. This is kind of an interesting thought process.

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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 03:37:32 PM »
Maybe like Roll20? Its a computer VR dungeon/etc. but everything is being guided by a live DM instead of a computer system?


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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2019, 09:08:04 AM »
Sounds to me like he was predicting the Wii. We've had that for years.
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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 12:54:26 PM »
Computers have their place, but the AI is still in its infancy.  For that reason, I think TT RPG's will continue for decades.

There is no AI which can emulate an imaginative DM -- not even the HAL9000:  "What are you going to do, Dave?  Attack, run, or surrender?  Remember, Dave, the Computer is your friend..."  "Dave" needs to remember that the HAL9000 was originally developed to run the PARANOIA RPG.

Poor "Dave":  the HAL9000 also controls his Smart House...   :o

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Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2019, 09:57:12 AM »
I hope my Smart House doesn't have Myst as its OS. That would be my nightmare.
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